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March 23, 2015

Get Notified of Your UW Voicemail Messages by Email

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To make it easier to access your UW voicemail messages, you can now arrange to be notified by email when a new voicemail message is received. You can even listen to the message if you opt to include a copy of the voicemail as a sound (.wav) attachment. It is quick and easy to set up your notification using the Web PhoneManager; just follow the instructions. UW-IT recently upgraded the UW voicemail system to enable this requested feature.

March 10, 2015

UW TechConnect Conference March 24: The Future of IT

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Keep up with the changing world of IT by attending the 2015 UW TechConnect Conference on March 24. Explore, learn and connect with other IT colleagues and choose from a dozen presentations focused on the future of IT at the University. Hear UW Vice Provost for Innovation Vikram Jandhyala, and campus leaders Greg Miller, John Slattery and Kelli Trosvig during the keynote session. This free event, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Husky Union Building, is presented by the TechConnect Advisory Board and UW-IT.

March 9, 2015

MyUW Mobile Use Has Skyrocketed

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MyUW Mobile usage has increased 90 percent, with 1.1 million pageviews since the September 2014 update was released. This and other data suggest that the updated design, informed by user study data, is meeting student needs. The site provides on-the-go access to timely information such as final grades. If you have not tried it, visit MyUW with your mobile device.

March 8, 2015

Creating Accessible Videos at the UW

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The benefits of adding captions to videos are highlighted in a new eight-minute UW-IT video featuring UW professors, students, and accessibility and IT specialists sharing their experiences. The video, Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education, shows that captions not only benefit those who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also help students for whom English is not their primary language, as well as support video search and interactive transcripts. Watch Captions and get more information about creating accessible videos.

March 6, 2015

UW Faculty Input Leads to Upcoming Canvas Changes by Vendor

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Improvements to Canvas gradebook are underway to better support UW grading practices, thanks to input from UW instructors. Last autumn, instructors from nine different departments met with Canvas gradebook designers to share their experience using this assessment tool. Read more about how the vendor engaged with UW instructors and UW-IT, which manages the UW’s Canvas learning management system, to understand the challenges and make Canvas more usable for everyone.

March 5, 2015

Survey Finds UW Students and Faculty Want More Access to Learning Analytics

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Students and faculty desire greater access to learning analytics, according to a 2014 survey of UW faculty and undergraduate students about their technology experiences at the UW. Additionally, students expressed an interest in personalized notifications on degree planning guidance, such as course recommendations based on previous registrations, and information on academic resources such as tutoring. The survey is conducted annually each spring by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in conjunction with UW-IT. The findings are used to inform UW-IT’s future plans for improving the student experience.​

March 4, 2015

E-RESOURCE: Chinese Newspapers Collection, 1832-1953

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Gain insight into Chinese political and social life in the Chinese Newspapers Collection, 1832-1953, a turbulent 120-year period. With 12 English-language historical newspapers, get critical perspectives on the ending of 2,000 years of imperial rule, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion, the 1911 Revolution and the founding of the Republic of China. The full-image newspapers offer searchable access to editorials, cartoons, ads and classifieds that illuminate history. This UW-restricted resource is brought to you by University Libraries.

March 3, 2015

UW to Continue With Semi-Monthly Pay in Workday

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The UW will not implement a biweekly pay cycle due to the many complexities in UW’s pay practices, along with challenges in reporting employee compensation on a monthly basis to the State. Rather, the University will maintain a semi-monthly pay frequency in Workday, the UW’s new HR/Payroll system in the works. The pay frequency for all UW employees will remain the same as it is now, occurring on the 10th and 25th of each month. Learn more about this decision and next steps.

February 10, 2015

SpaceScout Offers More Study Spaces: For All UW Campuses

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UW students on all three campuses now have more study spaces to choose from when using the UW’s SpaceScout Web app to discover their perfect study spot. At UW Seattle, 50 more spaces have been added for a total of 250 study spots. UW Bothell students now can explore nearly 70 spaces, while UW Tacoma students have 68 spaces to consider. Go to spacescout.uw.edu and select your campus.